Distributed Industrial Information Systems: Design and Experience

Paulo VerĂ­ssimo, Sergio Melro, Antonio Casimiro, Luis Silva.

Selected sections of this report were published in the Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE/ECLA/IFIP International Conference on Architectures and Design Methods for Balanced Automation Systems (BASYS'96), Lisboa, Portugal, June 1996.


Distributed systems have proliferated in informatic applications during the last few years. Reasons for distribution are various, and come from different fields, such as: user requirements; technology; and market evolution itself.

The introduction of computers in office/factory floors is many often bottom-up. When the time comes to bridge the gap towards integration, the situation is sometimes chaotic, with a number of proprietary solutions, de-facto standards and customised protocols at stake.

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the motivations, design of, and real-life experience with, a distributed industrial information system platform, integrating the whole information flow of industrial facilities.

Also available extended report (gzip postscript).